Can Crop Management Improve Emissions Savings?: Preliminary Results or the Optimization of Rye (Secale Cereale) as Energy Crop for Electricity Production in Spain

C. Martin-Sastre, E. Maletta, P. Ciria, P. Pérez, A. Del Val, A.M. Santos, Y. González-Arechavala & J.E. Carrasco
Several studies suggest that lignocellulosic energy crops for electricity production may have a better performance compared to those crops for liquid biofuels production, when assessing GHG savings with respect to fossil references. Winter cereal residues and some annual winter grasses, as dedicated energy crops, are currently being grown in Spain and harvested as bales to be burned for electricity production in biomass power plants. Previous studies of our group analyzed GHG emissions and energy balances...